Installation work resumes on the next phase of New Waterford Consolidated Hospital fire sprinkler system project

NEW WATERFORD, N.S. – Installation work on a project to add a fire sprinkler system to the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital resumes next week.

Work on the next section of the main floor will begin on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. That area includes the emergency department, diagnostic imaging, lab, ambulatory care, ultrasound and EKG. This work is expected to take eight to 10 weeks.

To prepare for this work:

• Both the emergency department and diagnostic imaging (X-ray) department are closed and will reopen in March 2020 when the work is completed. While the emergency department is closed, call 911 or go to the nearest open emergency department. For general health advice, call 811 to talk to a registered nurse. While the x-ray department is closed, people can go to hospitals in Glace Bay, Sydney or North Sydney for walk-in X-ray service. The hours for walk-in X-ray at those sites are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday at Glace Bay and Northside General hospitals and 1 to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday at Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

• Lab (blood collections) is now located in hospital’s Assembly Hall. Regular service is available from Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People can access blood collections through the Acadia Street side entrance; the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side) or the hospital’s main entrance.

• Ultrasound registration is next to the hospital’s switchboard and the ultrasound room is located in the old doctors’ lounge. People can access ultrasound through the hospital’s main entrance; the Acadia Street side entrance or the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side)

• EKG is now located in an office in the hospital’s administrative wing. People can access EKG through the hospital’s main entrance; the Acadia Street side entrance or the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side).

• Ambulatory care is now located in the hospital’s old chapel, in the hospital’s annex (near Acadia Street entrance). People can access ambulatory care through the Acadia Street side entrance; the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side) or the hospital’s main entrance.

• Entrances – While this work is underway, the rear entrance near the emergency department (King Street side) will be closed. People will need to use either the hospital’s main entrance, the Acadia Street side entrance or the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side) to access services.

• Parking – Public parking is available in the front parking lot; the small side parking lot by the Acadia Street entrance; or the accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side). The rear parking lot on the King Street side (near the emergency department) remains open but people will have to use other entrances to access hospital services. Staff can access the upper rear parking lots off MacLeod Avenue and Acadia Street.

People with scheduled appointments for ultrasound, EKG and ambulatory care are being notified of the change in service locations.

While these services will be closed or relocated, people will be able to access physician and nurse practitioners offices, day surgery, diabetic education, mental health and addiction services and public health services. People are still able to visit patients on the hospital’s second floor medical/surgical unit or residents on Waterford Heights.

People are reminded to use caution in any areas where work is being done. Installation work follows the standards and guidelines set out to ensure the health and safety of patients, residents, visitors, staff and physicians.

The system’s installation is recommended by the Office of the Fire Marshal and ensures ongoing safety for the hospital’s patients, residents, clients, visitors, employees and physicians.

A multi-year project that started in 2016, this phase involves installing the system on the hospital’s main floor and is expected to be completed in spring 2020. Updates and service impacts will be shared with staff, physicians and the public as the project progresses.

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